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How to Buy and Sell Antiques

Since the debut of the traveling antique shows on television, a lot of people have turned to buying and selling antiques. Some do it as a hobby, while others work at making it a business.

The market fluctuates, making one item more popular than another at various times. If you’re thinking about trying your hand at this, it’s important to study the market and learn how to make it profitable for you.

The best way to establish yourself is to find the most unique item that you can. It or they should be fairly easy for you to acquire. The next step is to learn everything you can about it.

Some up-and-coming antique items that are becoming more and more popular among collectors can be found at opposite sides of the country. Some of these antiques can be found in

New England and date from the time of 1790 to 1860, finding heavy influence from Anglo sources. If you are able to obtain any of these antique items from New England you are sure to have a winner when it comes to an antique sale. You may find some of these pieces from New England so beautiful that you may want to keep a piece or two for your own private collection of antiques.

Other antique items that are gaining popularity come from the state of Texas. Many Texas antiques have a German influence that can be seen in the craftsmanship. The time period for
these antiques is from 1870 to 1900 and includes such items as rawhide chairs, tables, and wardrobes.  If you are unsure if one of these Texas items is actually an antique or not is by checking the dovetailing that you can find on the corners of the drawers. If the dovetailing is uniform and looks too perfect then more than likely the item isn’t an antique. Dovetailing in antiques looks rough, irregular, and handmade.

If you are new to buying and selling antiques then you must find unusual items such as the ones mentioned here. Establishing a reputation for finding one-of-a-kind pieces is essential. You also want your buyers to know that if they try to find items like you have, they will have to look long and hard.

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